New year, new challenges, new hope

After another epic year of challenges to – and successful defenses of – graphic novels nationwide, 2023 drew to a close with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Interim Director Jeff Trexler sharing our experiences at the Congressional Roundtable on Book Bans in Washington, D.C., led by Representative Ayanna Pressley. The meeting was a powerful reminder that while attempts to restrict access to comics will surely increase in the upcoming election year, support for protecting graphic novels, manga, and other expressions of the comic arts will also continue to rise.